Warde wrestlers upend Trumbull
Published 2:13 pm, Thursday, February 3, 2011
In a highly anticipated FCIAC match with state level implications the Fairfield Warde wrestling team outpointed the Trumbull 37-33. Each team won five matches but Warde's five pins proved to be the difference.
The bout started at 215 where an overmatched Ben Philpott held off as long as he could before giving up the fall to Trumbull's highly-ranked Bryan Barnash.
At heavyweight it was an evenly matched bout which could have went either way. Mike Money found himself in a throw position but the strong Zach Voytek won the battle, completing the throw and pinning Money at 3:24. Another swing match pitted two less experienced wrestlers. In a back and forth match tied 7-7 in the third Trumbull's Dylan Haviland outlasted and pinned Chris Pecora.
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At 112, Warde's freshman Dylan fought hard against Brandon Liscinsky but he proved to be too much. Brandon pinned Dylan Bender at the 2:17 mark. Warde was on the ropes and needed to turn the tide. Sophomore Danny Almeida did just that. In a battle Almeida scored late in the third to push the match to overtime. Almeida got a takedown late in overtime to get the win.
At 125, Trumbull sent out third-ranked David Barber against sixth-ranked Pharoh Eaton. Eaton looked strong dominating the bout and getting the fall closing the gap to 24-9. Senior standout Evan Fraser stepped out against a game David Briganti. Fraser controlled the pace of the match putting points on the board and just before finishing a technical fall Fraser secured a needed fall to close the gap to 24-15. Senior James Neamonitis came out again looking for the fall and getting it to bring the match to 24-21.
At 140, Casey Stopa found himself in a brawl. The match was back and forth until Stopa's superior conditioning brought the match out of reach. Stopa was able to secure late back points to get the major and give Warde their first lead at 25-24. The lead was short lived with Trumbull's solid 145 Brett Deluca getting the decision and pushing it to 27-25. In another swing match Trumbull outlasted Warde to gain a 5-3 decision moving the score to 30-25.
If seniors Mike Sullivan and Alex Delaney could get falls the match would be clinched for Warde. Sullivan, who is undefeated, did his job getting a first period fall. In the other match, Delaney found himself in a battle. Trailing 1-0 in the third it ended fast with Delaney turning and tossing his opponent for the fall securing the victory. James Heinzman finished the bout losing a close 6-4 decision ending the match 37-33.
The match secured Warde's 10th in the state ranking in the Norwich Bulletin Poll.